Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Common sense says build the road
To date, every single problematic aspect of building the Juneau access road has a sound and valid solution to it. I agree with Gov. Sarah Palin's statement while she was running for governor: "I do not understand why anybody would not want a road." There must be some hidden agenda in the mindset of the anti-road group that we mere mortals are unaware of. Perhaps they are afraid of the inbound traffic on what would become the world's most beautiful road?

Sage wisdom about identifying, dealing with Oxy in your home
I have been working with people addicted to OxyContin and their parents for some time now. I have some wisdom through experience I'd like to share with the community.

What not to flush
Your correspondent urges anyone who has ever flushed a little dental floss to please consider the uncivic consequences.

Bankrupt mine company ordered to clean up acid
Redcorp Ventures Ltd. and subsidiary Redfern Resources was planning to clean up the acid leaking out of the old 1950s Tulsequah Chief mine as it redeveloped the site. But now that the company is insolvent and the project is halted, Canadian regulators have ordered Redcorp to clean up the acid.

Alaska permanent fund rebound softened by trustee board's decision
For at least six months, the Alaska Permanent Fund has been holding more bonds and fewer stocks than its policies call for in the hopes that bonds would out perform stocks - a gamble that may have been costly for the $30 billion fund that finances annual dividend checks to state residents.

Remembering sacrifices and lamenting war
Veterans and friends of the fallen offered their memories Monday in Memorial Day observances around Juneau, recounting war time heroics on foreign soil to playing high school basketball against a young man bound for Vietnam.

What ever happened to the third school superintendent candidate?
Beverly Hammond, an initial candidate to be the Juneau School District's superintendent, fell off the School Board's list of finalists after it increased the position's advertised salary and extended the search to draw more applicants.

Photo: Divergent views
One 12th Street resident shows his opinion on the latest debate about tour buses running through residential streets Monday.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Photos: Shall we dance?
Michael Schramm and Shawnee Good dance together with other Juneau-Douglas High School students from the Social Dance class, taught by Michaela Moore and guest instructor Antonio Diaz. The lunch hour performance was their final exam for the class, that taught ballroom dancing and etiquette.

Photo: Have a say
Juneau-Douglas High School senior Donovan Miller, 18, signs his voter registration form for Marjorie Menzi on campus Tuesday. The Juneau School District and League of Women Voters of Juneau are encouraging 18 year olds to register to vote over the next two weeks. The campaign is called Ready 2 Vote and the goal is to register at least 50 more 18-year-old Juneau voters before the end of the school year.

Around Town
Today, May 26

Photos: Images from another time: Song and dance
Top: Patricia Hull, center, starring as Eliza Doolittle, sings "Wouldn't it BeLovely?" during the Juneau-Douglas High School Junior Class spring 1979 musical production of the Broadway musical classic "My Fair Lady" at the school'sauditorium. Listening to Hull sing from left, are theCockneys: Greg Peck, Ron Ciraulo, Jon Lutterman and Gordon Mikesell. Hullcontinues to be involved in Juneau theater productions.

Service
A memorial service for longtime Juneau resident John Ricks Stevens, who died May 18, 2009, at his home in Palmer, will be held Wednesday at Alaska Memorial Park and Mortuary, 3839 Riverside Drive in Juneau. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Service will begin at 10 a.m., with burial immediately following. A potluck reception will be held that evening from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Juneau Moose Lodge. Questions can be directed to Tammy Fisher at 907-232-9269.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Around Town
Today, May 27

Elmer Richard Savikko
Former Douglas resident Elmer R. Savikko, of Central Point, Ore., died April 29, 2009. He was 84.

Outside editorial: Change policy on gay soldiers
Sometimes promises are hard to keep. Especially those made by politicians in the heat of an election.

Outside editorial: Swine flu outbreak exposes weaknesses in pandemic preparedness
A month has passed since Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano declared a national emergency in response to the growing number of swine flu cases in the United States. The human-to-human spread of swine flu from Mexico to the United States and 40 other countries was the first big test of pandemic flu preparedness plans instituted by President Bush in 2005. There are valuable lessons to be learned from the weaknesses exposed in this real-life disaster drill.

Outside editorial: Breaking up the card game
We're all for cracking down on credit card practices that surprise customers with outrageous fees and such.

Outside column: In Cheney's world, fear is a beautiful thing
"No one can terrorize a whole nation unless we are all his accomplices."

Outside editorial: The good, the bad and ugly of credit card legislation
Credit-card customers, victims of complicated and aggressive billing schemes, won a substantial consumer victory with passage of the federal credit card bill. Much of the legislation is good news, but it also contains bad unintended consequences and an ugly, disconnected amendment.

Federal budget requires Alaskan involvement to protect vital programs
Just as Alaskans and other Americans are tightening their belts and eliminating unnecessary spending in these tough economic times, President Barack Obama has proposed to do the same with the federal budget.

Addressing the needs of our wounded soldiers
Just as Alaskans and other Americans are tightening their belts and eliminating unnecessary spending in these tough economic times, President Barack Obama has proposed to do the same with the federal budget.

The politics of conscience
The California Supreme Court today will hand down its ruling on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the ballot initiative that banned same-sex marriage, and on the legality of the 18,000 or more such unions sanctioned under state law before the measure's passage.

Begich reports back from South Asia
ANCHORAGE - Sen. Mark Begich has reported back from South Asia.

Juneau man places at Moustache Championships
Juneau's Aaron Suring, 30, took second place in the Alaskan Whaler category at the World Beard and Moustache Championships held May 23 in Anchorage.

Search scaled back for missing climber
ANCHORAGE - The search to find a climber missing on Mount McKinley for a week has been scaled back.

Gov. requests federal disaster declaration
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin is requesting a federal disaster declaration because of the flooding of the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers this spring.

Wash. man killed in logging accident
JUNEAU - Alaska state Troopers say a Washington State man was killed in a logging accident on Prince of Wales Island in southeast Alaska.

Rogers named Univ. Fairbanks chancellor
FAIRBANKS - Brian Rogers has been named to the permanent post of chancellor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Motorcyclist's death ruled a homicide
WASILLA - Alaska State Troopers are investigating the death earlier this month of a Wasilla motorcyclist as a homicide.

Yukon River flooding less than feared
ANCHORAGE - Flooding in the lower Yukon River villages of Emmonak and Alakanuk is less than feared.

Idaho man fails to sell 'Hand of God' rock
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A northern Idaho man who tried to auction off a hand-shaped rock formation in his backyard he calls the "Hand of God" has come up empty handed.

Kensington reaches safety milestone
The Kensington gold mine has gone two years without any lost-time injuries to workers, according to its owner.

Last Wenatchee sex ring lawsuit settled
WENATCHEE, Wash. - The last lawsuit in a botched Wenatchee child sex ring investigation during the 1990s has been settled for $120,000.

Cold-case playing cards bring new leads
EVERETT, Wash. - Some laughed, recounting funny stories and happy memories. Others cried when they talked about what was taken from them. Many unleashed angry words for killers who walk free. Some said they hold out hope for answers and a few believe they'll never know what happened.

Anchorage house prices show slight dip
ANCHORAGE - The average home price in March in Anchorage was .38 percent lower than the same month last year, but a marked improvement from February.

North Pole woman dies in 4-wheeler accident
FAIRBANKS - A North Pole woman has died from injuries suffered in a four-wheeler accident.

Man dies in ATV crash near Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Alaska State Troopers say a 32-year-old man died in an all-terrain-vehicle accident at Olnes Pond near Fairbanks.

Fire breaks out in apartment building
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage apartment building caught fire and though all the residents got out safely, at least four cats died in the fire.

Wet Dog crew checks in at Kodiak
KODIAK - The five people blazing the trail for a 2,000-mile personal watercraft race have reached Kodiak.

JDHS casts a wary eye toward Kenai
It isn't often that a Crimson Bears soccer team enters the state tournament as a sixth seed. Then again, it isn't often that the state's third seed is undefeated.

Boys pull token South matchup
For the first time in four seasons, the annual postseason wrasslin' match betweeen the Crimson Bears and the South Anchorage Wolverines will take place outside of the State Soccer Championships' title match.

Bears blow by Wrangell
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team closed out their regular season with a 10-0 win over Southeast Conference rival Wrangell Sunday at Adair-Kennedy field.

Juneau Sport Fishing Report
It was a beautiful weekend to be on the water and harvest rates improved for king salmon - taking 91-rod hours to harvest a king last week.

Matchups of undefeated teams looming large
Another week of almost perfect softball weather and more player registrations are streaming in - could there be a connection?

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Federal agency opens comment on Arctic fisheries plan
ANCHORAGE - A federal agency says it will open a public comment period on a proposal to prohibit commercial fishing in Arctic waters in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas.

Troops honor fallen soldiers
American troops on Memorial Day honored their fallen on two battlefields, one war winding down and another ramping up. In Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. military remembered the toll so far on the troops - more than 4,900 dead - with the outcome still unclear.

Alaska cracks down on man who feeds wild bears
ANCHORAGE - Charlie Vandergaw is crazy about bears.

Lightning-sparked McGrath wildfire grows to 5,000 acres
ANCHORAGE - A wildfire burning north of McGrath in Alaska's Interior is growing.

Gov. Palin signs veteran cemetery bill into law
FAIRBANKS - Hundreds of service members will now have the option of being buried in an official Interior Alaska veterans cemetery.

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